Sunday, 24 March 2019

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God Dots: God in the Big and Little Things of Life

By Jim Day

We sometimes think that if God does it, it has to be big. But when we examine our lives, we see that God is in the smallest of details. Some God Dots seem to be little things at the time and almost go unnoticed, like pennies in a parking lot.

A lady at church told me that one of her grandchildren, a little boy named Taylor, died when he was very young. The family was grief-stricken, absolutely devastated. But Taylor’s little sister, although she missed him terribly, just knew that he was in a better place.

The family grieved and started trying to get back into their day-to-day routine.

On a trip to the grocery store, Taylor's little sister found a penny on the ground. She picked it up and exclaimed, “Taylor is okay! He’s with Jesus and he left this penny for me!”

Her mother smiled and thought it was cute, but soon the little sister found another penny, and then another. She put them all in a jar and placed them on the windowsill to remind her of her brother.

Everywhere she went, the little sister searched for pennies. Soon, her enthusiasm took hold of the whole family, and they all started looking for and picking up pennies, always giving credit for the pennies to God and Taylor and keeping them in the jar.

Now, reading this, you might be saying to yourself, “How is that a God Dot?” Well, the family’s grief turned to joy because of those pennies. That is a miracle and that makes it a God Dot!

God Dots are everywhere and you don’t have to be a believer to experience them. Psalm 139 is from King David and it shows how, before we ever pursued God, God was pursuing us. I have hundreds of God Dots in my life, and more than half of them were from before I chose to believe.

But, I want to hear about your God Dots. You all have them, and sharing them helps others to identify their own God Dots. That leads to an attitude of gratitude and that leads to appreciating Jesus even more. We all need more Jesus, and sharing your testimony makes Him all the more real and relevant in our lives.

Sometimes God does the miraculous. The big God Dot that changes everything. These are often wonderful, pleasant encounters, but sometimes these come with pain or heartache. Take Betty, for instance.

Her father and mother split up when she was young. She stayed with her father and his mother. When Betty was just 17, they went to a farmers market. They bought a few things and piled into the car to go home. As her dad pulled out of the parking lot, a car came out of nowhere and smashed into their car. Her father and grandmother were killed, but Betty was thrown out of the back window.

The back window?

If your car is hit in the front, how can you possibly be thrown out the back? Every bit of force and energy should have been driving her forward, but somehow she flew out the back. Betty was injured and taken to the hospital. One of the interesting things here is that the following Monday, the teachers went out on strike and were on strike throughout Betty's recovery, so in the end, she never missed a day of school.

She lost her father and grandmother, but she knew they were with Jesus. After that, Betty never had any doubt that God had a plan for her life and she lives her life in a way that demonstrates the grace of God.

She told me that although it was a difficult and painful time, she always saw this event as a God Dot in her life. God had literally and miraculously spared her life.

If you knew Betty, you would know that she is definitely a glass-half-full person, always looking at the positive and rejecting the negative. She never dwelt on the things that she lost, only on that which she has — a life worth living. She has shared many wonderful God Dots with me and I look forward to sharing more of them with you.

God tells us in His Word that the trials and troubles that we experience are in order that we might be a help or comfort to someone that is going through a similar trial. With God, pain is never wasted, but always has a purpose. There are many stories in the Bible that demonstrate this point. Hosea loves and marries a prostitute who doesn’t return his love and is unfaithful. King David suffers the loss of a son because of his sin. Samson is betrayed by the woman he loves.

Whatever you are going through, God has a plan. You might be too close to whatever it is to see it right now, but be strong and you will.

Final thought on this line comes from the Bible in the Book of James. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” — James 1:2-4

It is my goal and wish for this column to be an avenue to share your God Dots. Tell others about the things that God has done for you. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call or text 208-409-0063. Somebody needs to hear your story. 

Be blessed!

Jim Day graduated from Meridian High School. He spent 25 years working as a pipefitter. He has been married to his wife Cindy for 31 years, and the couple has two children and seven grandchildren. He would love to hear your God Dots story, and it may be used for publication. Email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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